16th August, 2011
For operating an illegal clinic and carrying out surgical operations against the ethics of the nursing profession leading to the death or permanent disability, the Nursing and Midwives Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended two nurses, one of whom is Mrs. Nimota Bolatito Aremu.
Mrs Aremu was alleged to have established an illegal clinic, which she named Oluwatoyin Maternity Home and operated it despite not being licensed.
She was said to have also carried out an operation on a patient, whose name was given as Mrs. Mary Orjiugo, with equipment used which were not suitable. Mary later died.
The Tribunal, headed by Mrs. Rebecca Aikhomu, also suspended Oladejo Samson Adeleke, who carried out caesarean section on a patient against the ethics of the profession.
The four-count charge against Mrs. Aremu says that in the course of her duty as a nurse, she established a maternity home known as Oluwatoyin Maternity Home â€œand allowed a major operation to be carried on therein by Dr. Olusegun Ekurin, with unsuitable equipment and use of quack nurses, on Mrs. Mary Orjiugo leading to her death and thereby brought the profession of nursing into disrepute in breach of Section 18 (1) (b) of the Nursing and Midwifery (Registration) Act, 2004.
â€œThat you, Mrs. Nimota Bolatito Aremu, a registered nurse and the proprietor of Oluwatoyin Maternity Home knowingly recruited quacks as nurses in your Maternity Home falsely parading them as trained nurses and in the course of your practice as a nurse falsely presented yourself as a medical doctor and thereby brought the profession of nursing into disrepute in the breach of Section 18 (1) (b) of the Nursing and Midwifery (Registration) Act, 2004.â€
The charge sheet stated that the accused operated an illegal clinic and yet failed to take adequate care of the deceased patient after the surgery and that this allegedly led to her death. It further said the action contravened Section 27 of the Midwives Regulation and Section 18 and 23 of the Nursing and midwifery Act.
For Adeleke, who has a four-count charge hanging over his head, he was said to have carried out an unlawful caesarean section on Mrs. Kemi Afolabi contrary to provisions of the Nursing and Midwifery Act.
Adeleke allegedly paraded himself as a medical doctor after illegally establishing a clinic known as Convenant Love Nursing Home at Asogbon Street, Ajebo, Lagos State contrary to the provisions of Section 18 (1b) and 23 (2b) of the Nursing and Midwifery (Registration) Act of 2004.